Exercising Safely While Pregnant

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There are many different activities you can participate in while you are pregnant. However, there are also many activities that you should not participate in.

Exercising is still an important thing to do while you are pregnant. The benefits of exercising will not only help the mother, but the baby as well.

It can especially be helpful during the first trimester when you are dealing with mood swings, poor sleep, and other aches or pains. Exercise can help you sleep better and deeper and help your moods level out and improve.

In addition, exercise will help you throughout the second and third trimesters as you have to carry around the extra weight of the baby. Finally, it will help you at the end when you use all of your muscles and endurance to push the baby out.

When you exercise, you will want to get your heart pumping. If you do this, you will be able to stay somewhat limber and manage your weight gain more effectively.

Even though exercising is good for you, there are several types of exercise that you should do and some that you should avoid. In general, contact sports or things where you may fall over could cause you to injure yourself or the baby.

However, walking is one of the best exercises you can undertake as a pregnant woman. Even though running is similar, you should avoid it while pregnant.

When you are pregnant, you will be gaining extra weight. When you run, the extra weight will be pounding down on your ankles or knees.

This is not good for your ankles or knees or hips. Instead, it is a better idea to simply walk or perform another activity where you do not have the dangerous up and down, bouncing motion.

In addition, walking is easy to do and something you can do anywhere and everywhere. You do not need any expensive pieces of equipment to do it.

However, the one thing you should have is a good pair of supportive shoes. These shoes will help you to keep your balance better as well as provide your feet the support they need when they are sustaining extra weight.

Another activity that is good for pregnant women to participate in is swimming. Swimming is a very low impact sport that has very little risk for injury.

As a result, most doctors recommend swimming as the best exercise option for pregnant women. In addition, this activity uses all muscles which can help you burn more calories as long as you are eating enough to provide for you and your baby.

In addition, this sport provides cardiovascular benefits and can take the weight off of your legs and feet for a while. This can be very nice when you are nearing the end and are suffering from swollen feet.

A third activity that is suggested for pregnant women is low-impact aerobics. The best thing about aerobics class in the opinion of most women is that it is at a set time when you are required to go.

In addition, there are most likely some classes available that are designed specifically for pregnant women. If you take this class you will be able to enjoy the excitement of bringing a little one into the world with them.

You will be able to talk about experiences and various methods of dealing with morning sickness. In the end, you may develop some great friendships that you will keep even when you stop taking the class.

Some pregnant women also enjoy dancing as their form of exercise. Dancing can get your hear going and the upbeat music can help you climb out of a vicious mood swing cycle.

You can dance pretty much anywhere, but you do not want to participate in leaps, jumps or twirls. These things could end in a fall that will hurt your baby.

Yoga is another laid back activity that you may enjoy doing while pregnant. It can be very relaxing as well as strengthening.

It is good for building muscle tone and flexibility. It also does not put very much impact on your joints.

However, yoga does not help you build the heart strength that many other activities will help you to build. You may want to mix some of the other activities with yoga in order to help your heart as well.

Even though you should not run on a treadmill, you can walk on an elliptical. An elliptical is designed to take away the impact of bouncing up and down.

As a result, there is little to no impact on your joints. The elliptical is another idea way to exercise while pregnant.
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This article was published on 2010/11/05